Time is Running Out

Last night's game was one that the University of Miami had to have. A game that meant so much to the team that has fought endlessly to try and somehow salvage a lost season. The Hurricanes put up a valiant effort in the first half, but the turnovers piled up and Miami could not come back.

Head Coach Perry Clark has continually tried to answer the so many glaring questions that embody his young team, but his answers have sufficiently fallen short each and every time as Miami has lost four games in a row and six of seven overall.

The final score was not indicative of how poorly the Miami team played, and was a lot closer than the actual game itself.

The Miami Hurricanes were blown out by the Villanova Wildcats 75-56, dropping their mark to (10-14, 3-10) while Villanova improved to (15-10, 8-4). The first half started out very poorly for both teams, as Miami turned the ball over time and time again only to see Villanova miss wide open shots. The half continued, with Miami taking an early lead but the Wildcats stormed to halftime with a great 11-2 run that pulled the lead in their favor by a score of 30-19. Both teams shot miserably from the field in the first half but the difference was that Miami had an amazing 14 turnovers.

The second half proved to be even worse. Miami looked lost and turned the ball over time and time again. The Wildcats went on a 33-8 run at one point and opened up the lead to as many as 30 points. Villanova made numerous uncontested 3 pointers as the Miami team seemed to have no answer for the potent Wildcat offense. The lackluster performance was highlighted by Darius Rice, who again provided a courageous effort, playing with a hurt shooting hand and still scoring 15 points. The Hurricanes ended up shooting a horrendous 36% from the field and committed 21 turnovers overall. Miami has committed 55 turnovers in the last two games alone. Villanova was led by Curtis Sumpter and Derrick Snowden who scored 21 and 15 points respectively. Next up for both teams are games played at home, with Miami facing Boston College and Villanova matching up against Seton Hall.

There really isn't much that can be said with this performance. The end result clearly shows that one team was much more prepared than the other. There are still three games remaining and as long as Miami stays ahead of Virginia Tech in the Big East Standings, and qualifies for the Big East Tournament anything can happen. With this loss, however, Miami has fallen to last place and a half game behind Virginia Tech.

Before then, Perry Clark needs to figure out a way to reignite his young team with a winning attitude. There has been much speculation regarding the future of Perry Clark as Head Coach of the Hurricanes, and the final three games are crucial in his bid to remain on through next year. Time is running out before all hopes of postseason play for the young Hurricanes will vanish.

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